An OBX New Year’s Resolution

Many of our family and friends including myself make annual New Year resolutions this time of year. I am sure this year is no different.

It would then be expected that some of our seasonal Outer Banks visitors will make their own resolution to focus more on exploring many of the various outdoor opportunities available in our region.north-carolina-kitty-hawk-b

With so much to choose from, it might be a challenge to fit everything in their vacation schedule. But one such resolution should include learning to fish or at least honing your angling skills while on the Outer Banks,

Fishing is one of the most popular activities on the Outer Banks. And one of the easiest to master even for the most novice participant.

Whether you prefer the miles of open beaches or the safety and convenience of an ocean or sound side pier, fishing takes on a special aura by allowing the angler to enjoy nature while testing their skill against an unknown foe.

For the more adventurous angler, there are over a hundred professional charter captains waiting to chauffer you into blue waters of the Gulf Stream or protected shallow water sounds. Dozens of ramps and marinas will help the private boat owners the accessibility and resource to venture out on their own.

The area waters are rich with dozens of species of fish both native and migratory. There really is something for everyone.

Techniques and equipment don’t have to be expensive or sophisticated. Simple rod and reel combinations teamed with the correct terminal tackle and fresh bait can occupy even the most impatient angler until that nibble is felt. And in most seasons and with the vast numbers of species available, this wait will not be long.

As with everything we do these days, there are certain rules that apply to angling on the Outer Banks. All anglers should be familiar with fishing licensing requirements, recognizing bag and creel limits of the different species and any special conservation techniques. Copies of these rules can be obtained from any tackle shop.

So now what should you do to fulfil that resolution of exploring this popular fishery – that first question might be “how do I get started”?

Well, that’s now the easy part. With so many resources available including the tackle shop experts, pier managers and local media both over the air and print, there is no shortage of information. Your best bet is to just stop by either a local tackle shop or fishing pier. These professionals will be happy to answer any of your questions.

So if one of your New Year’s resolutions is to try something new when visiting the Outer Banks, then fishing might fit your bucket list.

And it’s an easy resolution not to break.

Until next time – Tightlines – Captain Tony

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